ESCOT Team Workshop
August 15 - 17, 2001
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

ESCOT Summer Workshop 2001 || Math Forum Workshops


Goals: celebrate a job well done at the end of the grant cycle, reflect on the experience, and make recommendations for future work that will stem from ESCOT.
[Wednesday]  [Thursday]  [Friday]  [Notes]  [Attendees]  [Daily Summaries]
9:00-9:30 Welcome, introduce agenda  
9:30-10:30 Possible Futures of ESCOT Jeremy & Chris
10:30-10:45 Break  
10:45-12:00 Group discussion: Revisiting EPoW breakout groups  
12:00-1:30 Catered lunch, Ashton House  
1:30-3:30 Revisiting EPoW breakout groups  
3:30-4:00 Break  
4:00-5:15 Evaluation: Student Learning Ann & Eric
5:00-6:00 Free time  
6:00-7:30 Catered dinner, Ashton House  
8:30-9:00 Connections Jody
9:00-10:00 Evaluation: Integration Teams Wes
10:00-10:45 Agentsheets: How has ESCOT affected it? Alex
10:45:11:00 Break  
11:00-12:00 Curriculum opportunities Jim Kaput & Jeremy
12:00-1:30 Catered lunch, Ashton House  
1:30-2:15 Evaluation: Applet evaluation Jody, Chris, Hollylynne
2:15-2:30 Break  
2:30-5:00 Revisiting EPoW breakout groups
[Simultaneously: Reflection focus groups]
[Wes Shumar]
5:00-6:30 Free time  
6:30-8:30 Dinner: John Harvard’s  
9:00-10:15 Reflection reports  
10:15-10:30 Break  
10:30-12:00 Revisiting EPoW breakout group reports  
12:00-1:30 Catered lunch, Ashton House
[Simultaneous Research breakout]
1:30-2:30 Retrospective Jeremy
Until 3 or 4 Informal  

Revisiting EPoW breakout groups
How we can wrap up our work in the most useful forms, leaving an ESCOT legacy?

  • parameterizing our applets, making them more generally useful, perhaps downloadable or CDs
  • extending the ESCOT website by highlighting a few applets and generative activities
  • make recommendations on how to incorporate these applets and problems into real classrooms and the curriculum, link to Standards, review teacher pages
  • review applets, find out relative merits of the different PoWs, make suggestions for future versions
  • looking at why the ePoWs were not used in the classrooms

Evaluation topics:

  • Ann: student learning and some use
  • Wes: integration teams
  • Jody, Chris, Hollylynne: epow evaluation

EPoW Evaluation
  • methods: coding with inter-rater reliability
  • surveying all year 1 and year 2 EPoWs
  • looking for measures that differentiate between EPoWs or are consistent across them
  • compare results against student data
  • anticipated results: the importance of certain measures and their implications on problem-solving and learning
  • we're looking for feedback on our analysis

Reflection breakout groups

  • homogeneous groups of teachers, developers, ed techs
  • One of the goals is to present (10-15 minutes): what the experience was for people in your group, including problems and recommendations for future such teams. If this wasn’t covered in the focus group, also address: What would make it attractive for people like you to be part of integration teams in the future?
  • Hollylynne and Steve Ackley phone in if possible

Other topics:

  • Possible future pictures (Jeremy and Chris, 1 hr.): Shelly Goldman collaboration for curriculum development, TRAILS
  • Alex: How Agentsheets has changed as a result of ESCOT
  • Jim and Jeremy: Curriculum opportunities. Group discussion about how we imagine we can best work with these. Proposal: how teachers might be involved...
  • Ann: small research breakout over lunch for those interested — how to grow ESCOT as a research project
  • Jeremy: Retrospective

Other notes:

  • Someone should bring a frisbee. The field we used last year has been plowed over, but we should be able to find another spot.
  • Internet connections. There will probably be connections for personal computers. There are computers in the labs, on the order of 5 connected computers in the room we'll be in, same room as last year, and 5 in the other lab.
  • Need html editor.

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